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 for Down tree
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Down \Down\, n. [Akin to LG. dune, dun, Icel. d?nn, Sw. dun,
     Dan. duun, G. daune, cf. D. dons; perh. akin to E. dust.]
     1. Fine, soft, hairy outgrowth from the skin or surface of
        animals or plants, not matted and fleecy like wool; esp.:
        (a) (Zool.) The soft under feathers of birds. They have
            short stems with soft rachis and bards and long
            threadlike barbules, without hooklets.
        (b) (Bot.) The pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or
            envelope of the seeds of certain plants, as of the
            thistle.
        (c) The soft hair of the face when beginning to appear.
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                  And the first down begins to shade his face.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which
        affords ease and repose, like a bed of down
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              When in the down I sink my head,
              Sleep, Death's twin brother, times my breath.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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              Thou bosom softness, down of all my cares!
                                                    --Southern.
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     Down tree (Bot.), a tree of Central America ({Ochroma
        Lagopus), the seeds of which are enveloped in vegetable
        wool.
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